Located between Golders Green in the south and East Finchley in the north, Hampstead Garden Suburb is a historic housing development - based on the Garden City model – that offers a tranquil escape from the pace of city life.
The vision for the area was conceived over 100 years ago by social reformer Dame Henrietta Barnett, and the suburb - complete with schools, synagogue, churches and open green spaces - was constructed so Londoners of all classes could live together in a peaceful environment just a few miles from the city centre.
However the radical design (which provided more land for open green spaces than for the building of roads) directly contravened local by-laws, so permission to build the suburb was only granted after a private bill was put before parliament.
Hampstead Garden Suburb is characterised by its wide, leafy avenues and a magnificent central square designed by Sir Edward Lutyens. This unique development even has its own open-air theatre!
Over the years, the suburb has become a bit of a celebrity enclave. Jonathan Ross, Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan are amongst many high profile residents who have fallen for the area’s gentle, leafy charms.
Hampstead Garden Suburb Property Profile
The Garden Suburb is protected by The Hampstead Garden Suburb Trust, which maintains its open spaces and preserves the character of the attractive red brick buildings, most of which have been designed in the Arts and Crafts style. Although some new multi-million pound properties have sprung up in and around Winnington Road, the heart of the suburb still looks very much as it did when it was originally built.
Sadly, 21st century property prices have put paid to Henrietta Barnett’s vision of accessible, high quality housing for low-paid London workers, but Hampstead Garden Suburb can still accommodate a wide range of buyers and tenants.
In the 1930s the suburb expanded to the north of the A1 and the postcode now falls between NW11 and N2, but the postcode variation has little effect on prices.
Hampstead Garden Suburb Schools
The Dame Henrietta Barnett School, one of the country’s top-rated state run girls schools, is located in Hampstead Garden Suburb’s Central Square. Additionally parents can choose from a wide range of private or state-run schools in the Golders Green area, many of which are rated as top-performing schools.
Nursery and Primary - Hoop Lane Montessori, Kerem House, Kerem School, Annemount and Golders Hill School are independent nursery and primary schools. Garden Suburb, Menorah and Brookland Infant & Junior schools are all top-performing state primary schools.
Secondary - Henrietta Barnett School is a top-performing selective grammar school for girls located in the Suburb’s Central Square. King Alfred is a private school offering a liberal education for boys & girls aged 4 to 18. In nearby Highgate you’ll find two high-achieving private schools, Highgate School for boys & girls and Channing School for girls.
Why live in Hampstead Garden Suburb?
- Quiet, peaceful environment with many public green spaces, in particular the Heath Extension and Lyttleton Park.
- The opportunity to live in a unique heritage site protected by a trust.
- Proximity to excellent schools.
- The southern part is convenient for Golders Green station, shops, cafes and restaurants, while the northern part is close to the A1 and the highly rated Brookland Junior School.
Hampstead Garden Suburb Attractions
- Bordering Hampstead and Highgate.
- Hampstead Golf Club
- Good access to Hampstead Heath and Golf Course.
- Open air theatre.
- A local free church, parish church and synagogue.
- Golders Hill Park is nearby, with a small zoo and children’s play area.
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